Introduction & Background
Sierra Piedmont, Inc. (Sierra) was contracted by a federal agency to complete a multi-faceted engineering project at 11 federal facilities. The project included (1) a regulatory compliance assessment, (2) completion of Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans at four facilities and (3) fuel quality assessment at each of the facilities where bulk fuel is stored.
Statement of Problem
How can facilities storing fuel for emergency operations ensure the fuel is consistently usable?
Sierra identified two elements in assessing stored fuel conditions:
Shortly after award, Sierra developed a plan to physically sample and laboratory analyze fuel at each facility for critical parameters and to determine the approximate fuel shelf life. In coordination with federal officials, Sierra scheduled site visits to each of 11 federal facilities during two mobilizations, less than two weeks apart.
Sierra provided recommendations to the government agency based on the results in Tables 2 and 3. Recommendations were customized for each facility’s specific requirements, addressing the root cause of the fuel issues: a high residence time in the fuel storage tanks.